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Poster: grendelschoice Date: Feb 15, 2007 2:50am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Virgin Heads

Zallisto--

I'm thrilled whenever I hear of a young person (i'm 40, so to me, you're a 'young person' ;-) such as yourself loves the Dead. It amazes me as well. With each passing year I feel like the Dead become more and more of an ancient relic that eventually will fall off the cultural map completely, but obviously you hear something in this music that even the most seasoned Heads heard as well, and that's wonderful.

Without the benefit of ever having been to a show (and believe me, it was every bit as transcendent an experience as us dinosaurs say it was), I would say you have a keen ear and a great tuning for truly original, and awe-inspring music, that takes some work to actually appreciate. The Dead make you work, b/c it's not conventionally easy to get to their core of what makes them great--no super-produced drum machines, bells and whistles, etc., the albums are NO indication (except the live releases) of what they were capable of on a good night, and well, I just think it's great that you've found something here.

I saw my first show in 1979, my last in 1994, w/about 70-75 total over the years, and it was one of the truly great experiences of my life.

Enjoy the music that remains, and welcome to the fold!